Though we have yet to set eyes on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment in the Captain America franchise after the insanely successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel on television has been proving more substantially thrilling and dramatically alluring than even the best of the MCU – Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Iron Man 3 lead the pack. The second season of Daredevil on Netflix, to say nothing of Jessica Jones, may be the comic line’s most audacious and compelling adaptation to date, and ABC’s Agent Carter has found a stylish, fun, and humorous pulse of life that many of the movies have failed to locate. We’ve still got Luke Cage and Iron Fist on Netflix to look forward to over the next to years, leading up to the second season of Jessica Jones and The Defenders, and now, according to Variety, Freeform is getting into the Marvel game with a straight-to-series order for Cloak and Dagger, one of the lesser-known yet hugely promising properties to grace the pages of Marvel.
For those not familiar, the series follows interracial super-power couple Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, teenagers who wake up one day to find that they have been gifted and cursed with super powers – she throws light beams that can knock people out, and he can engulf people in total darkness. These powers come in might handy in several occasions while they face off with several other superheroes and villains, but the story is primarily one about their budding romance and how these new powers affect their caring for one another. What one might expect the showrunners will build around is the fact that the couple is interracial and must also weather, well, humans, with all their moronic bigotry and racism.
That being said, almost nothing is known about what kind of tone the series will take, as neither a writer, showrunner, or actor has been announced thus far. If done with a sharp thematic backbone and some stylish direction, though, Cloak and Dagger might fit right in with Netflix’s series as well as ABC’s lighter but by no means disposable line-up of Marvel properties.